Sculptural forms derived from mushrooms.
Bayo, Clarance Theophilus
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In whatever direction we look, we are surrounded by plants of wide range in character. Plants have a reserve energy to which artists particularly sculptors can respond. Their branches, leaves, stems and roots offer a rich reference for a searching sculptor. Among plant forms that capture forester’s attention are mushrooms that appear on trees as parasites or on dead and decaying matter as saprophytes. This research picks up ‘the mushroom’ and provides a visceral scouting of this sophisticated ‘creation’. From this mushroom sculptures have been produced that enlighten about the inherent energy and mystic nature of the fungus, inviting us to be active participants in its protection and preservation.